There are ‘Fast Fridays’ and then there are Trojan Swim Club Fast Fridays, as evidenced by the series of swift times thrown down by the USC-based professional swimming squad yesterday, February 12th.
According to Bermudian swimmer Julian Fletcher, the group has been training hard the past month and “[Head Coach Dave] Salo wanted us to suit up, just to see how fast we could go early in-season.” The set-up included touchpads and mock time trials after a warm-up period.
Says Fletcher, “Salo always has us working on our sprint speed and race mentality, and this was a merely a chance for us to practice racing.”
Among the head-turning unofficial swims clocked via the timing system was World Champion Yuliya Efimova‘s 100m breaststroke. Racing essentially on her own, the 23-year-old Russian blasted a time of 1:06.22, a mark which stands as the fastest in the world thus far in 2016. Efimova also clocked a 31.34 50m breaststroke in the Friday practice.
Watch below to see the suited up Efimova scorch the pool in the 100m breast exhibition race:
Other eye-popping exhibition times at the same practice included: